Today we are going to discuss how to expand the pool of individuals who would benefit from taking your professional development course. There are many different content areas in K-12, and some have a much smaller pool of individuals than others. With a few simple changes, you can expand that group of individuals and increase the enrollment in your course. Continue reading “Tips To Expand Your Audience For K-12 Professional Development”
Timely and relevant professional development are the best type of classes K-12 teachers can take. They are also some of the most important classes we work with in the Distance and Continuing Education program. Many of these classes are what our office calls “School Exclusive”. These classes are as relevant as they get because they are designed for the specific needs of a school district, school, or group of teachers within a district.
Let’s take a look at what resources are available to individuals who plan these classes. Continue reading “Top 4 Resources for Developing a School Exclusive Professional Development Program”
** This post has been updated to reflect the changes in the Avenues of Scientific Discovery event.
When you were 17 or 18 years old did you know what you wanted to be? How many of you knew, at that time, what various career options were available to you? I know I didn’t.
When I started working at North Dakota State University, I found out there are people who make paint… for a living.
I thought paint just showed up on the shelves of the stores. (How many of us stop to think about where things come from?) I was not aware that studying and creating paint was a career option for me. Why hadn’t anyone told me that? I would definitely have enrolled in that program.
Continuing reading to learn how Avenues of Scientific Discovery is providing area junior-high and high-school students with their own “aha” moment, before they head off to college. Continue reading “Avenues of Scientific Discovery: A Must Attend Event For Students.”
After a few years of start and stop planning, and a pandemic that made everything screech to a halt, we are excited to launch the Dual-Credit Program at NDSU. Courses will be offered during the 2022-23 academic year, but the registration process is happening right now.
Our colleagues at the junior colleges have been doing an amazing job of offering dual credit for many years. They have made universal general education classes like English 110 and College Algebra available to North Dakota (ND) high school students, allowing them to get a head start on college while fulfilling their high school course requirements.
NDSU’s dual-credit program has a somewhat different purpose. Continue reading “Dual Credit at NDSU: Increasing Options and Exploring Possibilities”
From time to time, actually, quite often, we get an email or a call from a teacher who really wants (or needs) to take a class that is full. These teachers are often wondering if there is a way to squeeze in another registration for that particular class. Continue reading “How To Take a PD Class When The Class is Full”
Is it really that bad to wait until the last day to register for a K-12 professional development class? The short answer is, yes, but also, no. Continue reading “Is It Necessary To Register For a PD Class Early?”
A key to successful learning involves the process of knowledge application. Yet, as teachers understand, there are only so many hours in a school day, month, even year. Demonstrating how important concepts can apply to real-life situations outside of the classroom is a novel concept that involves time, resources, and considerable forethought. But, what if all of the planning and creating had already been done for you to put your learning objectives to practical use? What if your students had the opportunity to see others using their knowledge on specific topics out in the real world? Would you want to check it out? Well, NDSU’s Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) hopes that you do!
If you have taken a class through our office, then you are familiar with our commitment to top-notch customer service. In fact, our team of staff assists K-12 educators in an efficient, knowledgeable, and friendly manner, and we take pride in that. These are all very compelling reasons to take all of your professional development (PD) classes through NDSU, but I have another reason which is even more important. Let me explain. Continue reading “The One Reason You Should Take All Your PD Through NDSU”
You have decided to offer a class to K-12 teachers and administrators for their professional development needs. This is your first offering. Your class topic is timely and engaging and as a result, you anticipate a lot of registrations for your class. So why is it you only have a few registrations?
In a previous blog post I wrote about the reasons for opening up your school or district’s professional development to all K-12 teachers nationwide. One of the reasons mentioned stayed with me for a long time. That reason was, “What if a teacher in your school is struggling to find a solution to an issue in their classroom or with their student? And, what if the solution to that issue is held by another teacher, in another district?”
Basically, what I was suggesting was offering your professional development classes as an outlet for teachers from all backgrounds and school systems to share their ideas for unique or difficult situations. As I was thinking about this concept, I realized that there are more opportunities in which teachers can learn from each other. Continue reading to learn about other ways to gather teachers. Continue reading “Gathering Teaching Solutions”